Washington (CNN) - A secretly-produced, $1 million feature film about Sarah Palin will debut next month in Iowa, a reminder that the former Alaska governor remains a very real factor in the Republican presidential nominating contest despite dismissals of her potential candidacy by GOP insiders.
The two-hour movie - the existence of which was first reported late Tuesday by RealClearPolitics and confirmed by CNN - is the work of conservative filmmaker Stephen Bannon.
Bannon was first approached by Palin and her staff after last November's midterm elections and asked to produce a series of videos that would highlight the former governor's record in Alaska, an attempt to recover her "maverick" brand and repair the political fallout from her decision to quit the governorship in 2009.
The filmmaker took the idea a step further. With editorial control and his own financing, Bannon produced a feature-length film taking a favorable look at Palin's rise to power in Alaska, her reform efforts as governor and her blockbuster entrance onto the national political stage as John McCain's running mate in 2008.
Quietly and with the help of Palin and her team, Bannon was granted access to key Palin allies in Alaska and a treasure trove of rarely seen footage, including images dating back to Palin's time on the Wasilla City Council, her first political office.
Palin and her husband Todd were given a private screening of the film last week in Arizona, CNN confirmed. The movie's title: "The Undefeated."
Palin has been relatively quiet as of late aside from a handful of Fox News appearances, but word of the film is sure to be a wake-up call to Republican operatives in Washington and in key early primary states who have largely brushed aside the possibility of a Palin presidential bid.
She is, her supporters argue, the only potential candidate with the kind of political muscle needed to skip some of the early nominating hurdles like network debates or the closely-watched Ames Straw Poll, and still join the presidential primary race in September or October with a credible and devoted grassroots following.
A Palin adviser re-affirmed to CNN Tuesday that she is still "seriously considering" a White House bid.
With the film's rollout certain to grab media attention, Republican candidates already in the race are likely to face questions about Palin as they ramp up their campaigns this summer.
Bannon told RealClearPolitics he plans to premier the film in late June in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, followed by a promotional swing through the other pivotal states of New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
It's only going to be half a movie though, an hour in it just ends to be later picked up as a reality tv show.
She's not running for president. She's making too much money, and she doesn't really believe the things she says. She's not willing to stick by her guns in office, and she know she can't win anyway. She's just flirting with the idea because it grants her media exposure, which is free marketing.
She's not as dumb as she sounds. She just pretends to be so that stupid people will buy her books and movies.
Palin is and always has been a joke. No one ever took her seriously, and she is the reason John McCain lost his bid for presidency. I might have voted for him if he had picked a serious running mate....
Obama may as well bankroll screenings of the movie and her political ads. She is the ultimate heart of the Republican base that will not play to mainstream American.
It will be a "Sell Out" in S.C.! If you want to see long lines to the theater,thats one place that will "Pay for the movie itself? Probably "Pre Pay" reserve seats on sale know,1% off?
Will she quit half way through the movie?
I know one person who can't wait to see this- and his name is Peter Hamby. Send this clown to Fox News where he belongs.
Will it be released in 3-D?
Yes, can't wait to see the movie, RUN SARAH RUN. Rub the liberals hate comments in their faces. Show them how Obama has brainwashed them into hating Israel, hating their country, hating freedom and becoming american communists. Matt Damon, David Letterman, Rosie Odonnell, all will be in the movie, and you will see what haters look like, they are all ugly inside and out. Sarah Palin has millions of supporters who are doing what she is doing, we are gonna do like the navy seals did to Bin Lading. That who laughs last, laughs much better and much louder, and then we will say "in your face.
The next time Sarah is interviewed on tv or makes a speech, get out a piece of paper and a pen and count the number of times she says the word "media". It is her favorite word in the English language. You can make a game of it too!
Those who underestimate Gov. Palin are doomed to be defeated by her. Love or Hate her she is a force to be reckoned worth. Remember how many pundits said her 15 minutes of fame would expire following the defeat of the McCain/Pailin ticket in 2008? She is still here, and still relevent. I do not agree with the former governor's politics, but you've got to admire her staying power!
She is a JOKE, If she and Donald were running aganist each other , I would vote for Donald and he is a joke too.
@gsmith I hope you are happy with high unemployment, high deficits, high gas prices, high inflation
nothing here is in the Constitution for executive power.
unemployment ask the corporations that are outsourcing our jobs
deficits ask congress they appropriate not the president
gas prices ask the oil companies ( or do you want government to have price controls)
inflation ask the corporations about their high profits
Two hours ? Kind of long for a cartoon isn't it ?
I understand the special effects are outstanding.
Must be a Comedy because I don't see it being a factual documentary...maybe a Romance? (Shudder) Though it could possibly be a Horror film.
The movie is 90 minutes long, but the screen goes blank about 45 minutes in. WUWT?